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I currently act on behalf of and secure compensation for people who have sustained an injury as a result of negligence by a hospital trust, GPs or other healthcare professionals.
I have experience in a wide variety of claims including cosmetic surgery, birth injuries, brain and spinal injuries, negligently performed surgery and delayed diagnosis of cancer.
Before attending university I wanted to join the police as I have always had a very strong belief in justice, however, I wanted to obtain a degree first and so went on to study law at the University of Sheffield.
Whilst studying I became interested in a career in law as I enjoyed meeting new people and I decided I wanted to work in an area of law where I felt I was helping and making a difference to the people who I acted on behalf of.
I developed a keen interest in the Law of Tort (negligence) and medical law during my time at university and when a member of my immediate family became paralysed as a result of medical negligence I knew that I wanted to pursue a career in law - in particular medical negligence.
The reason that our clients come to us is because they have been let down by a profession they have put their complete trust in. Our clients will often feel angry and will have lost their belief and trust in professionals.
I enjoy being able to build relationships with my clients and to help reinstate their trust; by not only being able to assist them in making a claim but also helping them in ensuring that someone is held accountable.
Bringing a medical negligence claim for my clients is not just about recovering compensation. It's also about making the hospital trust, the GP, or the health professional understand that mistakes were made and to address these so as to make sure that someone else does not have to go through the same experience that my clients have been through.
My clients have often suffered injuries that will change their lives forever and although money will not reverse the injuries they have suffered, it is extremely rewarding for me to obtain compensation for my clients that will help assist them in the future.
Often obtaining damages for my clients can help stop them worrying about the uncertainties of the future, knowing that aspects such as care, equipment or their inability to work are met. It can assist them in being able to come to terms with their injury, especially if it has been catastrophic, and work towards building a better future for both themselves and their family.
Working at Irwin Mitchell means I work with likeminded people who all do this job because they want to ensure that we obtain the best possible outcome for our clients.
When I am not at work I enjoy spending time with my friends and family, going to music festivals and trying as many different restaurants as I can! I also enjoy running and to challenge myself having completed the Bristol Half Marathon 2012, the London Marathon 2013 and the Three Peaks Challenge in 2013 with a number of my work colleagues.
“This has been an incredibly difficult time for Matthew’s family who have many unanswered questions regarding the circumstances leading to his death and the level of care he received at Cedars Mental Health Unit.
“It is our hope that the inquest into his death will be able to provide them with the answers they long for and identify any lessons which can be learned by those responsible for his care.
“It is Matthew’s family’s greatest wish that no one else suffers as Matthew did or as they continue to today.”
“Janet and her children are desperate to ensure no one else slips through the gaps in the mental health system in the way Danny did.
“Because of the nature of his illness, Danny would often give medical staff conflicting information about his mental health, but what his care lacked was someone stepping back and looking at his care as a whole.
“Danny’s family is grateful to the coroner for using the powers available to him under the Coroner’s Rules to request a Regulation 28 report which hopefully will help to prevent future deaths.
“We will await the outcome of that report and advise Janet on next steps.”
“Rosalyn spent many months in agonising pain and was unable to go to work or lead a normal life with her family.
“The original procedure which she had in March 2013 was meant to be a cure to her pain and condition, but instead exacerbated it and left her needing multiple further hospital admissions and in a tremendous amount of pain. It took medical staff a number of further procedures to alleviate her pain and suffering a few months later.
“We are pleased that we could work with the Weston Area Health NHS Trust and that it has admitted mistakes were made with Rosalyn’s care. The Trust has now apologised for what she has been through and we hope that lessons will be learned so that future patients will be given the very best quality of care.”